Church Staff

General inquiries can be sent to office@morningsidepc.org.



Rev. Dr. Baron A. Mullis
Senior Pastor and Head of Staff
404.876.7396 ext. 11

The Rev. Dr. Baron A. Mullis, Morningside's Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, came to Morningside Presbyterian Church in January, 2011 with an excitement to lead the MPC faith community into its new chapter; fostering its continued growth and supporting and developing opportunities for its young people. Prior to joining the MPC family, Baron served as the Associate Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina for almost nine years. Prior to this, he was a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, serving at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Mullis is an accomplished graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At Princeton, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry in 2010. His doctoral dissertation took an interdisciplinary approach to the question: “Why do People Give?”  While studying at Princeton, Baron was honored to have been selected as a Seminary Fellow, and in 2000 won the prestigious Grier-Davies Prize in Preaching. 

Baron’s articles and sermons are published by a broad range of media, from The Presbyterian Outlook to Morehouse College. His social outreach reflects his deep value of hospitality and inclusion as he serves on the board of Intown Collaborative Ministries (Chair 2-13-2015) and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. When Baron is not at the church, he enjoys cooking and making wonderful soups and stews, reading mystery novels and classics, as well as spending time with family and friends. He and his spouse live outside of Decatur with their two dogs, Jack and Tucker. 



The Rev. Beth Waltemath
Associate Pastor (Interim)
404.876.7396 ext.14

The Rev. Beth Waltemath joined Morningside's staff on a part-time interim basis in September 2016, while retaining her position as co-pastor of North Decatur Presbyterian Church which she shares with her husband, The Rev. David Lewicki.

A graduate of The University of Virginia and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, she served First Presbyterian of Brooklyn as associate pastor before moving to Atlanta in 2010. In 2013, The Rev. Waltemath received a Lousiville Institute Pastoral Study Grant to research the effects of trauma on pastors, theologians and creative writers and the healing potential of contemplative prayer practice. She is a certified teacher in Cognitively Based Compassion Training through the Emory-Tibet Partnership. She also is a freelancer reviewer, editor and writng teacher. Her blog sayinggrace.co features reviews and author interviews and her classes are offered through Columbia Theological Seminary's Lifelong Learning program.

Beth and her husband have three children. She serves on the board of the Decatur Book Festival and volunteers in writing workshops at her kids' schools.




Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams
Pastor Emerita


Preacher, educator, writer and community leader—the Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams continues to fill many roles since stepping down from her position as Morningside Presbyterian's Senior Pastor and Head of Staff in January 2010. In January 2012, MPC was proud to honor Joanna as the church's Pastor Emerita. One of her most recent endeavors is the blog Higher Ground, sponsored by The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, in which Joanna, an imam, a rabbi and another noted Christian minister discuss issues, challenges and successes while demontrating how collaboration can create a strong community. Other Presbyterian churches Joanna served during her 30 years of ministry include Atlanta's Central, Trinity, and North Decatur, and Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian.

A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, Joanna holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Davidson College and also received the Alumni Assoication Medal of Honor from Emory and Columbia's Disinguished Alumnus/ae Award. She currently chairs the boards of the presbytery's New Church Development Commission and the Intown Collaborative Ministry. Among organizations she's been instrumental in founding are the Our House preschool for children facing homelessness and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, working for inclusion of all believers. Her adult children have followed her into the fields of education and theology and her husband Al is a distinguished Atlanta attorney.



Dr. Jonathan Crutchfield
404.876.7396 ext. 23


Dr. Jonathan Crutchfield joined MPC as Organist/Choirmaster in September 2015, when he also became responsible for our Children's Choir programs.

With more than 30 years in organ performance and choral conducting, Dr. Crutchfield most recently served at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. He holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Southern Wesleyan University, a master's degree in choral conducting from Florida State University, and a doctorate in choral conducting from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jonathan has accompanied choirs and soloists internationally and is a published composer of works for organ, brass, and human voice. One of his current activities is teaching music in South Africa under the auspices of the International Partnership for Choral Music Education. He is also accompanist for rehearsals and performances of the professional Atlanta choral ensemble, Coro Vocati.



Sarah Tomaka
Director of Children's Ministries (interim)
404.876.7396 ext. 15


Sarah Tomaka, formerly director of Morningside Presbyterian Preschool, returned to our staff in September 2016 on a part-time basis as the interim Director of Children's Ministries. An elder, she also currently serves as chair of our Children's Ministries team.




Sarah Are
Director of Youth Ministries (interim)

Sarah Are came to Morningside in August 2016 to lead our high school and middle school youth programs on a contractual part-time basis. She is in her third year of studies at Columbia Theological Seminary and expects to graduate in May. Sarah received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. She founded and led the youth program at Westminster Presbyterian in Richmond, Virginia. She's also a creative collaborator at Sanctified Art, a ministry that creates art-based worship resources for churches. 



Melinda Sandkam
Preschool Director


Melinda Sandkam received her Bachelor of Arts in History at The College of William and Mary. Six years in the hospitality industry gave her experience in event planning. She served as Secretary of the Concierge Society and was named Club Level Concierge of the Year in 1994. Moving into working with children brought her to Oglethorpe Presbyterian as a preschool teacher while being a nanny for three elementary age children at the same time. In 2000, Melinda joined OPC and was ordained as an elder. She then accepted the position of part-time Director of Christian Education at OPC while moving to a full-time Office Manager position at Rock Spring Presbyterian. In Director of Christian Education role, she implemented the first confirmation class in five years and worked with neighboring Presbyterian churches to create a multi-church youth group. In 2006, she brought her experience with events, children and the Presbyterian Church to the position of Program Director at Morningside. In July 2015, she was selected to direct Morningside Presbyterian Preschool. Outside of the church, Melinda especially likes supporting the work of Heifer International.



Randy Young
Facilities Manager
404.876.7396 ext. 13



Alicia Oben

Alicia Oben
Office Administrator
404.876.7396 ext. 10


Victor Carballosa